The Mixed Blessing of Chandra Crane’s Multiethnic Identity


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Episode Description:
Fusion may be hip in 2020, but it wasn’t the case when Chandra Crane was growing up, where she felt the pain of not quite fitting in anywhere as a person with a mixed-ethnicity heritage. The daughter of a white mother and Thai birth father who was then adopted and raised by an African-American dad, Chandra experienced the pain of marginalization but then followed the prophetic call of God to write about her challenges so that others would benefit. In this honest, refreshing conversation, Chandra opens the door to understanding the mixed blessing of being a multiethnic person, and why a unique voice like hers needs to be reflected in the church today.

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More about Chandra:

Chandra Crane is a resource specialist for the multiethnic initiatives department of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and a member of the multiethnic Redeemer Church in Jackson, Mississippi. She has written for In All Things, The Well, and The Witness: A Black Christian Collective. She has spoken and led worship at several local and national conferences and has also participated in online discussions for Christianity Today. She is married to Kennan, a civil engineer, and they have two spunky daughters. Chandra is a fan of hot tea, crossword puzzles, Converse shoes, and science fiction. She thoroughly enjoys reading, napping, and defying stereotypes.

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About the Hosts:

Maila Kim, Co-Host
Maila is IVP’s events marketing coordinator; she holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Christian Formation & Ministry with a concentration in Bible & Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. She enjoys photography, growing and caring for her plants, and listening to podcasts such as This American Life, Invisibilia, and Unlocking Us. Follow Maila on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Ed Gilbreath, Co-Host
Formerly an editor at IVP, Ed is currently an executive leader at Christianity Today; he earned his bachelor’s in communication arts from Judson University and a master’s in philosophy of history from Olivet Nazarene University. He is also the author of two IVP books: Reconciliation Blues and Birmingham Revolution. Ed loves listening to an eclectic mix of music, reading narrative nonfiction books on American history and pop culture, and taking long walks while listening to podcasts such as NPR’s How I Built This, The Daily, Pass the Mic, and CT’s Quick to Listen. Follow Ed on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Producer: Helen Lee
Sound Engineer: Jonathan Clauson
Music: “Staring at the Sun” by Gyom

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